Postponement of SPSP 2020

 Dear Colleague, 

We regret to inform you that the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) has been forced to postpone the conference previously scheduled for 7-10 July 2020 for one year later, 7-9 July 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has created many disruptions, with an unclear timeline for when they will be resolved. As our main aim is to hold a truly international conference, the current worldwide instability suggests that this will not be possible for many even in the unlikely best-case scenarios. Among the problems: many universities have employee travel restrictions of indeterminate duration, the issuing of many visa types has been frozen or limited, and it is simply not possible to do some of the necessary local conference organizing tasks at Michigan State University while there is a stay-at-home order for all residents of Michigan. 

We understand that this will affect many who had planned to use their university travel funds to attend. By announcing the postponement now prior to SPSP registration opening, our aim is to at least make sure that you incur no further costs that might need to be refunded. We sincerely apologize for the disappointing news. We too are very disappointed. However, we are looking forward to welcoming you to Michigan State University for SPSP in July 2021. 

SRPoiSE has also decided to move its meeting to 2021, though the exact dates have not yet been determined. As was planned for this year, there will be a partial overlap with SPSP. 

An official letter in which the postponement of SPSP is confirmed is available at https://www.philosophy-science-practice.org/events/spsp2020-east-lansing (click on the link in the note at the top of the page). This letter may be useful in your institution or to claim money from travel insurance companies. 

With respect to the programme for July 2021, our plans are as follows: 

  1. All accepted individual papers will be included in the programme, unless the authors are unable to participate or use option (3) below.
  2. All accepted symposia will be included in the programme, but the organizing committee will discuss with symposium organisers whether the line-up can remain the same.
  3. Authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to submit a new abstract; if that abstract is accepted, the new proposal replaces the original paper in the programme.
  4. There will be a new call for papers in the fall of this year, because not everyone who planned to attend the conference this summer will be able to come in 2021 (and vice versa).

All authors of accepted papers and symposium organisers will be contacted by the organising committee later this year (after the Summer) with specific guidelines for items 1-3. In the meantime we hope that you all remain healthy and safe. 

Sincerely, 

Kevin Elliott, Catherine Kendig, and Sean Valles 
on behalf of the Michigan State University SPSP Conference Local Organizing Committee 

& Erik Weber 
on behalf of the SPSP organizing committee 

Accessible PDF version of the above letter